Injury time troubles cost Owls again

Last updated : 26 December 2019 By Chris Morris
3 points thrown away at Stoke
 
Sheffield Wednesday were once again made to pay for failing to hold a lead late on as Stoke City came from 2-1 down to grab two goals in injury time and win the game 3-2 on Boxing Day.
 
Garry Monk's men were poor in the first half and were lucky to only trail 1-0 at the break with James McClean scoring from close range inside the first 15 minutes for the hosts. The only effort that the visitors created in the first 45 minutes came when Adam Reach darted into the penalty area and headed a Kadeem Harris cross onto the foot of the post.
 
The Owls struggled to get going with Rhodes and Nuhiu ineffective up front. They were replaced by Winnnall and Murphy in the second half but it took a couple of set-pieces to turn the game in Wednesday's favour.
 
A near-post corner from Bannan was flicked just over the goal line by Fox to level the scores and give the visitors some confidence. With 15 minutes to go another Bannan corner gave the Owls a lead they scarcely deserved. This time a deeper cross was met by Winnall whose header was saved by Butland but Tom Lees stooped to head in the rebound.
 
The home side made it 2-2 in the 3rd minute of stoppage time when substitute Campbell volleyed in from close range and in the 7th minute of time added on fellow sub Sam Vokes scrambled in from close range following a corner.
 
In truth Wednesday deserved little from a very patchy performance but successful team have a knack of getting results when they aren't at their best. Just as it seemed the Owls were doing just that they managed to throw all 3 points away in what has become a worrying habit since Garry Monk took charge.
 
Next up are two home games against Cardiff Cuty and Hull City with still plenty to play for as the Owls remain in the top 6 in the Championship.